The Senate has voted to approve Admiral Lisa Franchetti to lead the US Navy.
As Chief of Naval Operations she becomes the first woman to join the elite group of senior military officers who make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Her nomination was approved 95-1, as the Senate pushed to fill critical openings in military leadership.
One Republican senator has been trying to block military appointments in protest of the Pentagon’s abortion policy.
The 38-year Naval veteran is the former head of the US 6th Fleet and US naval…